The UK is going to hell in a handcart. At least, that’s what James Whale thinks, so he’s taking matters into his own hands. Ladies and gentleman of the electorate, brace yourselves for James Whale’s Manifesto: Getting Britain Back on Track in 2012. In each episode, the outspoken broadcaster will be throwing down the gauntlet to a trio of opinionated guests to thrash out solutions to the country’s woes, from healthcare to housing, from economics to unemployment. An audio-jolt to jump-start the system, a hangover cure for political apathy, a slap in the face for a weary democracy- would James Whale get your vote?
In Episode 7, James gets both sides of the story on the age-old debate on prostitution from Julie Bindel, the journalist and radical feminist and Catherine Stephens, a sex-worker activist. The recent European premiere of Australian documentary 'Scarlet Road' has made the taboo of disabled access to paid for sex a provocative talking point. But is it a game-changer for campaigners on either side of the prostitution question?
In Episode 6 of his podcast, James talks to Dr. Michael Davidson of the Christian group behind the 'gay conversion' adverts banned from London's buses. 2012 has so far seen the Government consulting on gay marriage and the campaign to legalize same-sex unions gaining momentum. But in the run up to the London Mayoral Election, the adverts proclaiming ‘Not Gay! Ex Gay, Post Gay and Proud’ were produced as a response to Stonewall’s slogan ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It.’
Which side are you on? Tweet @THEJamesWhale with your opinions on censorship and sexuality.
In Episode 5, James addresses the nation’s expanding waistlines. In May, an obese teen needed a wall of her house to be removed before she could get to hospital. And a recent poll showed that 54% of doctors surveyed felt that the clinically obese should forfeit the right to non-emergency NHS treatment. James meets Kathryn Szrodecki, a size acceptance campaigner and qualified fitness instructor, to ask whether Britain needs to fight the flab or get more fat-friendly.
In Episode 4 James and his guests, Rosemary Parr, Yvonne Roberts and Martin Bright turn their attention to the increasing problem of youth unemployment.
In Episode 3 James and his guests, Sheldon Thomas, Yvonne Roberts and Martin Bright, turn their attention to the epic subject of Crime and Punishment.
James Whale's alternative cabinet has reconvened with Martin Bright from New Deal of the Mind, Douglas Murray of the Henry Jackson Society and the Editor of Spiked Online, Brendan O'Neill. After much deliberation, the Cabinet has seen fit to address one of the most fundamental and divisive issues facing modern Britain in 2012; race relations. Let the debate begin.
Not bad at all.
I feel James Whale is getting too much stick here.
If you don't like his tones then don't listen. Mr Whale has been like this for many years and I doubt he will change just for your benefit.
As for the podcasts, I think they are a good listen so far. The podcast is helped along very well by his seemingly permanent guests. His guests seem educated and have a good grasp of the topics, their insight really helps to balance things out and it's needed. James Whale is simply a catalyst for the discussion. Wether JW has the knowledge down to a T or not in the 'real' world..I don't know but here he shows a simple view on things..but here is the crux, I don't think he intends to give you war and peace on the discussions, his job is to facilitate the questions and debate, and his questions lead the guests to pack the show out with its meat.
No, it won't cover everyone's view point in every subject, but it's not a campaign podcast, it's a light hearted discussion arena designed to get you thinking.
It does what James Whale does best. Promotes debate. Perhaps if the podcast takes off...after all, it's new..James will do what he has always done, get guests on that cover the other things that people want like the Zeitgeist movement or other such bodies..for now though...it does a decent enough job, let's watch this space...have to admit the Austerity episode bored me as it was too simple..but the race one was good, just maybe these podcasts need more differing opinions than on offer, longer debates and audience participation.
James Whale 7/10
Guests (both) 9/10
Level of debate 7/10
Length 6/10 (needs more time)
Welcome back Mr Whale.
Shame there is only a few
Great podcasts, shame they stopped. Enjoyed
Always a joy to listen to James: fun, witty, serious, reflective and above all, very entertaining!